Geotechnical Engineer Salary

Geotechnical Engineers in the United States earn $62K per year on average across the nation, but very senior workers receive a significantly higher median of $110K. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $56K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $71K. For Geotechnical Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $85K. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $110K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$45,059 - $86,796
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$45K
$62K
$87K
MEDIAN: $61,995
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$16.43 - $39.01
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$16
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$39
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$45,059 - $86,796  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,197  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $7,288  
Total Pay (?
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$44,224 - $89,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 710
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Hourly Rate
$16.43 - $39.01  
   
Overtime
$21.96 - $42.98  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,197  
   
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $7,288  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,224 - $89,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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Job Description for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers monitor drilling operations, take and analyze soil samples, and classify soil and rocks. They typically work outdoors with colleagues that help them collect data and samples. The engineers then pass their samples and data to a field supervisor, who will approve their work or send them back into the field for further research. The work is both physical and mental, as the engineer is required to go out in the field to collect samples and analyze them as well. They typically work during the day, when sunlight is plentiful. Critical skills in this position include an understanding of geoscience data acquisition procedures.

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Geotechnical Engineer Tasks

  • Evaluate test data and develop design parameters.
  • Perform engineering analyses including foundation capacities, slope stability and settlements, etc.
  • Coordination of drilling and sampling of soil borings and supervision of laboratory testing.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geotechnical Engineer


Geotechnical Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at CH2M Hill, where the average salary comes to $81K.

Popular Skills for Geotechnical Engineer


Survey takers working as Geotechnical Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Project, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Visual Basic, and AutoDesk. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management. Those who learned Microsoft Office also tend to know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Geotechnical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Geotechnical Engineers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Geotechnical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+16 percent), Portland (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and New York (+7 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh and Charlotte (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Geotechnical Engineer Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$63,000

Matlab
up arrow 1%

Project
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
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up arrow 7%

AutoDesk
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Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 8%

Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 7%
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